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ColleenColleen says she's "geeked out" about our upcoming Zoom session, and I have to say I feel the same. Thanks for speaking for us, fellow writerly woman.

I've scheduled the Zoom for:

Saturday, March 20, 2021

2:00 p.m. Central Time

An email has been sent out to the 13 people who have said, "I'm in!", so if you have let me know you want to join us but you don't receive that email, please, let me know. I don't want anyone who wants to be there to miss out because I made a mistake -- which has been known to happen a time or two. Or three. Or ad infinitum.

If you haven't told me you want to be part of this session, you still have plenty of time. You can even wait until that morning if you want. Either post a comment here or email me and I'll get an invitation out to you. We would love to have you.

Speaking of loving to have someone, Kelly is a new member of our community, and if you haven't read her comment introducing herself, you're going to want to do that. She is Insanely Interesting! Please make her welcome. She's joining us for the Zoom session, too, so you'll have a chance to get to know her a little better then.

As I'm thinking about this 90-minite-ish meeting, I'm pondering what topic or topics might be the most beneficial for us to explore. I've listed some suggestions below which relate to our recent Going Out With Lanterns series. Tell us what you think.

    * How does having an image of your exploring self help you in your writing? What are some specific ways it can feed your work?

    * What can we do when that just isn't working? When we're just plain stuck?

    * How does this apply to getting published? Does anyone out there in a traditional pub house care whether we're writing from our essential selves? Is it possible to procure an agent or a publishing contract if we're not writing what's on trend?

    If you have any additional ideas, please don't hesitate to let me know, either via email or in a comment. This is about YOU, and I need to know what's crying out from your souls. In addition to simply connecting and savoring each other, I long for you to come away from the session with something that will carry you forward in this sacred work you do. Little engine 2

I'll post tomorrow on our next step in Being Out With Lanterns, but let me just say now that your responses have been nothing short of magical. Even Pammy's Little Engine That Could!


Nancy Rue


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Pam Halter

hi Addison - I think I can safely say writing is an escape for all of us. :) We're glad you're here!


Thank you for the welcome! That would be cool!


*waves* hi Addison! I can relate to some of where you’re coming from, and I’d love to get in touch and talk more about writing! If you ever want to chat feel free to ask Nancy for my info.
Either way, hope to see you around in the comments!


Hi everyone! I've been following these posts for a little while now but I wanted to introduce myself and get more involved. I'm 21 and I write YA fiction that I am hoping to self-publish very soon. I have a finished manuscript and am working on a sequel, but right now my biggest obstacles have been, (a.) finding available beta readers to tell me if it's any good, lol, and (b.) getting myself to buckle down and work out all the details of self-publishing! Writing has always been a hugely important part of my life. Growing up homeschooled I was very isolated as a kid, and so writing has always been a kind of escape for me, especially while I've struggled (and continue to struggle) with depression and ADHD. I often have to remind myself to reach out to community, because it often doesn't come naturally to me. Thanks for being here and doing this!



Hi, Kelly! Loved your intro. How might I find one of your cookbooks?!

See you guys on the zoom! Thanks for the prompts to consider, Nancy. Looking forward to it.

Pam Halter

I love this topic! Am going to take time to write some thoughts down for our Zoom meeting. Looking SO forward to seeing everyone!

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